What You Can Learn From Your Boss’ Sign

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Depending on your job, it can be difficult to get to know your boss beyond how they like their coffee and what they keep at their desk. But knowing what makes your manager tick can be extremely helpful in the long run, especially when the time comes to ask for a raise or discuss a title change. It might not be the most conventional way of getting to know them, but it can't hurt to learn more about your boss' astrological sign.
Let's be clear, though: Finding out that your boss is a Pisces or an Aries won't guarantee you a promotion in the next six months, but it can clue you into how they like to be approached.
You may find that you've been getting nowhere with your ideas because you keep bringing them up in group environments, and your Cancer boss would much prefer to get down to brass tacks in a one-on-one setting. Or, maybe your Scorpio boss has seemed nearly impossible to read for the last few months — that's just their Plutonian energy working, and there are ways to break through that steely facade.
Wherever your boss may fall in the Wheel of the Zodiac, there's something to be learned (and gained) from looking into it. Read on to see your boss through an astrological lens (but maybe wait until you're out of the office).
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With a Ram for a boss, you never have to guess what's on their mind. They're a real straight shooter, which can be helpful when you're asking for feedback, but it can be a little intimidating. Instead of listening passively, turn your Aries boss' rant into a discussion — they're sure to be impressed with your conversational skills.

Strengths: direct, honest, attentive

Weaknesses: self-centered, confrontational, blunt
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They definitely have a set way of doing things and might not love shaking things up in the workplace — slow and steady earth sign that they are — but your Taurean boss never loses sight of the group's best interests. And, knowing their own love of down time, they probably encourage a healthy work-life balance.

Strengths: accommodating, protective, personable

Weaknesses: cautious, introverted, stubborn
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Having a Gemini boss means lots of talking, from brainstorming to debating to, yes, formally presenting. They have a brain for ideas and love sharing them with as many people as possible. Of course, this inclination toward chattiness might make them a bit of an office gossip — don't feel like you have to be their go-to source for dirt.

Strengths: excited, curious, clever

Weaknesses: nosy, flustered, restless
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Your Cancer boss probably feels like the office safety net you always wanted. They're endlessly patient and, when given time to ideate, can be a fantastic problem-solver. Crabs are known to clam up in front of larger groups, though, so be sure to have a regular one-on-one meeting set up with them.

Strengths: creative, intuitive, patient

Weaknesses: overly sensitive, quiet, self-conscious
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Their personality just about fills the room, which can take some getting used to — but Leos love people who see their larger-than-life presence as something to play with, rather than shy away from. Put in the time to learn how they tick and you'll win their respect in no time. When you enter a Leo's inner circle, they become your biggest advocate.

Strengths: generous, passionate, warm

Weaknesses: aggressive, selective, dramatic
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Make no mistake: They spend a lot of time in their own head. Like any true Virgo, your boss prefers to plan for every possible outcome before proceeding with a project. But it's thanks to their methodical mind that you end up dodging a few major headaches down the line.

Strengths: smart, organized, analytical

Weaknesses: calculating, anxious, uptight
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It's hard to resist a Libra's energy. Social butterflies that they are, they're quick with a joke and love connecting people. Nevertheless, sometimes you wonder if your Libran boss is more interested in being your friend than your manager. That said, their door is always open, so it won't hurt to set up a time for some serious, constructive feedback.

Strengths: friendly, easy-going, welcoming

Weaknesses: indecisive, informal, unreasonable
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No one hopes for their boss' number-one descriptor to be "mysterious," but that's what you get when your boss is a Scorp. They're probably on the quieter side, though prone to outbursts of near-brilliance. Luckily, even if you can't tell right now, they're probably grooming you to be just as independent and tough as they are — never underestimate a Scorpio's master plan.

Strengths: powerful, inventive, determined

Weaknesses: unreadable, intense, moody
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Let's put it this way: Your boss knows how to run a meeting. They probably love planning post-work get-togethers and even the odd retreat. Sags know how to find the fun in anything — even work — and want to show you how to do the same. With a Sagittarius for a boss, there's always a silver lining.

Strengths: funny, energetic, outgoing

Weaknesses: distracted, fickle, disorganized
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They're the last one to leave the office. They rarely take time off. They hate waiting around for answers. They're a Cap, alright, and, though it may be hard to believe, their lofty ambitions really do extend to the entire group (not just themselves).

Strengths: dedicated, disciplined, goal-oriented

Weaknesses: humorless, obsessive, hard-headed
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Aquarians tend to have very specific (and, shall we say, offbeat) ideas about the future, so your boss is likely one of the more outside-the-box managers you'll have. They love collaborating and sharing their vision with others — but they don't take well to those who challenge their specific hopes and dreams. You don't have to play the "yes" person at all times. In fact, it'll be more helpful to be their ultra-flexible right-hand person.

Strengths: inventive, fair, forward-thinking

Weaknesses: uncommunicative, easily irritated, single-minded
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Quick with advice and always willing to lend a hand, your Pisces boss fosters a warm sense of community among you and your coworkers. They're probably not what you think of when you imagine a take-no-prisoners-type of boss, but you're making a mistake if you don't take notes on their ability to win people over with kindness and sensitivity.

Strengths: empathetic, supportive, open

Weaknesses: absent-minded, idealistic, flaky
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