What traits do you expect to find in a true alpha male?
And what do the words “alpha male” even mean?
Is it a good thing to have an alpha male mentality?
And what is it about the alpha male personality that makes it so attractive and so worth cultivating?
Because it can be cultivated.
And you’re about to learn how even the most beta of beta males can cultivate 11 alpha male traits and transform his outlook and his life.
- What is an alpha male?
- The Alpha Male Myth
- Alpha vs. Beta Male
- 7 Traits of an Alpha Male
- 1. Alpha males are assertive.
- 2. Alpha males want real connections.
- 3. Alpha males change or accept their circumstances.
- 4. Alpha males know what they want — and go after it.
- 5. Alpha males strive for excellence.
- 6. Alpha males face their demons and acknowledge their weaknesses.
- 7. Alpha males communicate with class and respect.
- Alpha Male Examples
What is an alpha male?
The old definition of alpha male needs to die. The idea that an alpha male has to be perpetually ripped, rich, and surrounded by beautiful, swooning women is a disservice to both sexes.
Yes, alpha males can be ripped — and rich.
And it’s true that an alpha male is more attractive to women (in general) than a beta male. But it’s not about the chiseled chin, the six-pack, or the penthouse suite.
Ultimately, what distinguishes an alpha male from a beta male is character.
The Alpha Male Myth
Ask random folks on the street what they think of when someone says the words, “alpha male,” and you’ll probably get answers like these:
In the movie, Beauty and the Beast, the character Gaston was a stereotypical “alpha male.” He had the chin, the physique, the cushy pad, and the swooning village girls.
He was also a cruel, arrogant, self-serving bully.
Once you become familiar with the traits that distinguish an alpha male from a beta male, you’ll see Gaston (and others like him) as the beta male he truly is.
Alpha vs. Beta Male
Take the traits that make someone an alpha male and flip them to their counter-traits, and you have a working description of a beta male. Beta males can be muscley and rich, too. And they can be “super nice guys.”
But betas only thrive (or seem to) when things are going their way. They’re only nice when people treat them the way they want to be treated.
Put them to a test, though, and they show their real character. Betas don’t do well outside their protective packaging.
The good news, though? Any beta male can become an alpha male by cultivating the following traits in himself. It takes daily work and the will to become the best possible version of himself.
But it can be done.
11 Dynamic Traits of an Alpha Male
By “work” I mean putting in the effort to cultivate the habits you need in order to live as an alpha male and to see everything from an alpha male perspective.
The following traits might be helped along by certain aspects of the personality you’re born with. But making them habitual requires daily effort.
1. Alpha males are assertive.
Alpha males aren’t afraid to be clear and direct about their expectations.
If, for example, someone is trying to take advantage of them, an alpha will take immediate, decisive action to protect their best interests — without trampling on someone else’s.
An alpha male is capable of genuine kindness. But he’s not a doormat. In fact, his dominance and assertiveness is a skill that makes others trust and respect him.
The beta male, by contrast, will sigh and grumble and complain to anyone who will listen if he feels ill-used or taken advantage of. But he won’t take action to stop the abuse or to improve his situation.
He won’t stand up for himself if it means displeasing those whose opinion of him matters more than his self-respect. He’ll just resent them quietly until they push him to the point where he blows up in their face over something minor.
Passive aggression is so beta. But so is pointless, self-centered aggression.
2. He wants real connections.
An alpha male seeks relationships with real connection. They’ll spend time around others just to enjoy their company and conversation, without any need for validation or to get into someone’s pants.
Alpha male traits in bed reflect this. They respect themselves and the person with whom they’re intimate. They seek to anticipate the other’s needs and to ensure they enjoy the experience.
If their partner wants to stop, the alpha male will stop out of respect for their boundaries.
Beta men, on the other hand, seek validation in relationships. Every romantic encounter carries the potential for either conquest and ego enhancement or for defeat and humiliation.
If it doesn’t go the way they want it to, the beta male feels cheated and emasculated.
An alpha male values real connection over his own ego; a beta male will sacrifice connection and mutual respect at the altar of his ego.
3. He changes or accepts his circumstances.
If the alpha male’s life doesn’t match his vision, he’ll take action to lead it in that direction. While he doesn’t expect overnight change, he keeps his focus on the life he wants and keeps working to make it happen.
If there’s something he can’t change, though, the alpha male will accept it without wasting time and energy on complaints. He pivots to find new opportunities.
Betas, on the other hand, are more likely to complain and blame others for the fact that their life isn’t what they want it to be. They’ll focus on what others have done to slow them down or to cheat them of opportunities they might have had.
Alpha males own their mistakes and take responsibility for their own lives. But if the beta male doesn’t accomplish his goals, he’ll blame anyone but himself.
He’ll sulk and throw shade at others, making excuses for not being where he wants to be rather than taking action to get there.
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4. He knows what he wants — and goes after it.
The alpha male knows what he wants and takes action to get closer to it — until he has it.
He has a clear plan of action and works diligently to make his goals become reality. He doesn't complain or make excuses when he has setbacks.
He has the confidence to find new ways to tackle roadblocks and doesn't blame others when the going gets tough.
Betas look to others for clues on what he should want. He wants so badly to be accepted and held up as an example to follow, he’ll subjugate his own goals and desires to someone else’s — just to earn their respect.
He feels trapped by what he thinks (or knows) others expect of him.
So, if his life doesn’t match what he wants for himself, he’s more likely to blame others for those expectations and for their meddling than to take responsibility for his own life and do something to change it.
The beta guy constantly feels the need to prove himself to others, while the alpha male seeks only to make his efforts count for something meaningful to himself.
Yes, he also cares about how his choices affect others. But he doesn’t let anyone else tell him what he should want or how to go about getting it.
5. Alpha males strive for excellence.
The alpha male does not accept mediocrity. He doesn’t settle for what other people think is good enough or the best he can hope for. He will always strive for excellence.
In everything he does, the alpha male has higher expectations than most. He defines them for himself. He doesn’t let others tell him how far he should go or what his results should look like.
He also has the confidence to believe he’s capable of reaching his goals.
Betas, on the other hand, will only go so far in their pursuit of the life they’ve chosen to strive for. They’ll compare themselves to other men, and if the guys they hang with are content with a mediocre life, so are they.
And when the going gets tough, they’re more likely to console themselves with escapism.
They’ll justify their soul-sucking existence and lash out at anyone who isn’t satisfied with it. They’re more likely to blame alpha males for setting an “unrealistic standard” than to admit they’re not happy with their lives and take action to change them.
6. He faces his demons and acknowledges his weaknesses.
Alpha males aren’t afraid to admit they have weaknesses. In fact, they’re perfectly comfortable admitting them and showing how they’re taking action to either address those weaknesses or to develop the strengths that compensate for them.
Alpha males also face their inner demons. They recognize the stakes and prioritize self-discipline to keep those demons under their control.
Beta males would rather pretend their weaknesses don’t exist. They fear admitting them would give others control over them. But in trying to hide them, they make those weaknesses all the more visible and self-defeating.
The devil you ignore becomes your master.
The beta man gives his weaknesses more power over him rather than taking action to diminish that power. And anyone who calls him out for a particular weakness is an enemy.
And inner demons? Beta males would rather pretend they don’t exist.
It’s so much easier, after all, to blame others or make excuses for their failures.
So much harder to take responsibility, practice self-discipline, and take daily, consistent action to correct their mistakes.
7. He communicates with class and respect.
Decline an alpha male’s advances, and he’ll still respond with class. He doesn’t need for every woman to say yes to him in order to feel good about himself.
In fact, he doesn’t need for any woman to say yes. So, when he gets a no, he can simply respect her decision and remain unaffected by it.
Decline a beta male’s advances, and he’ll take it as a personal attack. The beta needs to feel wanted and accepted by others, because he hasn’t learned to accept himself.
So, every no is a slap in the face and a reminder of what he already tells himself: “You’re not attractive enough.”
And he’s much more likely to react by throwing a tantrum and making threats to the woman who rejected him — calling her names to punish her for the unforgivable insult of telling him, “No.”
8. He Manages His Emotions Well
The trait of emotional management is a cornerstone in the foundation of an alpha male's character. They don't suppress their feelings – no, that's a misconception. Instead, they've mastered the art of emotion management, understanding their feelings, and addressing them in a healthy, productive way.
They experience the same emotions as anyone else – joy, sadness, anger, fear, excitement – but they handle them differently. An alpha male recognizes that emotions are not weaknesses but rather important signals that need to be understood and managed.
This understanding helps them maintain control in stressful situations, and it's what allows them to react rationally and wisely, not impulsively.
Essentially, they're not immune to emotional turbulence, but they know how to navigate the storm. This attribute contributes significantly to their strength and charisma, attracting respect and trust from those around them.
9. He Uses Strong Body Language
An alpha male speaks volumes before he even says a word, thanks to his strong body language. He carries himself with an aura of self-assuredness that's hard to miss. His posture is straight, his movements are purposeful, and he holds eye contact when communicating.
It's a language of confidence, and it sends a clear message: he knows his worth, and he's not afraid to show it. But it's not all about showcasing dominance or power; alpha males also use body language to express empathy and understanding.
They are attentive listeners, often using mirroring techniques and open body postures to make others feel comfortable and heard.
These physical cues complement their spoken words, creating a harmonious communication style that draws people towards them. This strong, balanced body language, combined with emotional intelligence, makes them magnetic figures in any social setting.
10. He Has Excellent Leadership Skills
Taking the helm with poise and determination is an undeniable trait of an alpha male. They are born leaders, naturally inclined to step forward when the situation demands it.
This doesn't mean they're all CEOs or military generals; leadership for an alpha male is much broader and can manifest in various roles and situations.
They could be the supportive friend who offers guidance during tough times or the coworker who steps up to manage a challenging project. They lead by example, setting high standards for themselves first and inspiring others to follow suit.
But they're not tyrants – they are empathetic, understanding, and open to feedback. They value the opinions of those around them, understanding that effective leadership requires collaboration and mutual respect.
Their excellent leadership skills are a testament to their ability to balance strength and sensitivity, providing direction while also fostering an environment where everyone feels valued.
11. He Is Immaculate in His Appearance
An alpha male understands that the way he presents himself plays a crucial role in the impressions he creates. This isn't about vanity or trying to impress others with designer labels or the latest trends; rather, it's about showing respect for himself and those around him.
He maintains a neat and clean appearance, displaying a sense of style that's uniquely his own. Whether he's in a well-tailored suit for a business meeting or wearing casual attire for a day out, his clothes are always clean, well-fitted, and appropriate for the occasion. But it's not just about clothing.
Personal grooming and physical fitness are important to him too. He understands that taking care of his body, from regular exercise to proper skincare, reflects his self-respect and dedication to personal growth.
In short, his immaculate appearance is an outward manifestation of the discipline, respect, and confidence that define his character.
Alpha Male Examples
Whatever the inciting event or native characteristic, becoming an alpha male is a matter of choice — not of happy accident.
For centuries, some men have chosen to cultivate these traits — men who saw opportunity where others saw failure. They became alpha males not only among their own but for all time and for everyone.
Here are a few notable examples — both real and fictional:
Do you possess these alpha male traits?
Ultimately, the traits that define an alpha male are not uniquely male characteristics.
These are the traits that help him become the best version of himself. And they do the same for women.
So, when you see alpha male characteristics in a guy, it helps to recognize that the same traits in a woman make her every bit as much of an alpha.
And the same traits that define a beta male can also define a beta female.
Why not just call them alphas and betas, since the sex doesn’t make one or the other more capable of growth and excellence?
Character is what matters most.