Plenty of men THINK they want a strong woman, but when they are actually in a relationship with one, find themselves slowly ghosting out, or desperately trying to quell the very things in a strong woman which make her capable and spirited.
Strong does not mean bitchy, angry, or abrasive. There are men who understand that, and who are ready to love a strong woman who knows her mind and is going after the things she dreams of in life.
A truly strong woman doesn’t want a man to be just an afterthought in her life. She wants someone who can be a teammate, a true partner. Here are 5 characteristics of the kind of man who can love a strong woman the way she desires and deserves…
1. He knows where he’s headed in life.
It’s not so much that he has everything already figured out, but he has a reasonable sense of the direction he needs to go to reach his life goals.
Very few strong women want to be partnered with a man who has no ambition, no drive, and no particular interest in figuring out what his own goals and dreams are; it’s just too draining and discouraging. She doesn’t want to pull her weight and his too — she’s looking for a partner who understands why she is driven, because he feels the same.
2. He’s willing to share leadership AND Be The Man.
Sometimes a strong woman gets tired of being strong. She likes it when she isn’t expected to be strong all day and also be 100% in charge of figuring out all the needs in a household or relationship.
She still wants to feel like a WOMAN. She still craves romance. He should still Be The Man, and be able to plan a date, woo a woman, and leave her breathless with his sensual attention.
3. He will go to bat for his woman.
Being part of a team doesn’t mean that he never has to stand up for her, watch her back, or look out for her interests. A man who really does love a strong woman knows when she needs support and he delivers.
4. To love a strong woman, he can’t be a controller.
A strong woman doesn’t want to be bossed around or smothered with someone’s constant direction. She’s independent and capable, and if a man is overbearing or comes on like a runaway train, she’s outta there.
5. He is respectful of women in general and deeply proud of loving a strong woman.
He shows deep respect not just because he’s a gentleman, but because he knows how hard it is for a woman to be strong. He’s looked at the world and seen how women have to work to be treated well. He’s never condescending or patronizing; in fact, he goes out of his way to listen carefully and respond thoughtfully not just to a strong woman, but to all the women in his life.