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The term “alpha” conjures up certain stereotypes.  This is typically due to a common misunderstanding of what the word actually means. Let’s take a look at what most people think of when they hear the word, and then decide if this is an accurate description. 

Traditional definitions

Often, many people’s interpretation of this simple word comes from a misunderstanding of the term “alpha male“. Most hear that term and immediately shift their thoughts to a person who is arrogant and cocky, macho, judgmental and even narcissistic.

This is also referred to as a type A personality. Additionally, if the Type A person is defined as having all of those traits, that would mean, conversely, that the Type B person would be the opposite.  So, at this point, we have now negatively defined and pigeon holed all of humanity into either an arrogant jerk or a weak minded wimp. Clearly, this is not the case. Let’s redefine what it means to be an Alpha.

What does “alpha” truly mean?

An Alpha is simply defined as “the dominant animal or human in a group”  The pack is a tightly knit, organized group led by the Alpha wolf. Now, let’s go further.  As humans, we need to define the group and also need to define that group’s vision or mission.

This provides more insight in that Alpha simply means leader.   As we all know, leaders come in all forms.  Great leaders and horrible leaders. Just like there are great people you know who are Alphas, and absolutely horrible people you know who are Alphas.