On my article about screening vs. qualifying, reader therock asked about the necessity of being the alpha male:
I'm not sure there's an article about this specific issue on the site so I thought I'd ask.
I noticed a curious thing when I'm with my girlfriend in a social circle situation.
Say we're all going to get pizza, all close friends, including my girlfriend.
Now there's always someone who's in the lead.
Simple stuff like where to go, what to check out, etc
While I'm clearly in the leadership position with my girlfriend, I find myself in a situation where we're both being led by another guy.
I'm much more of an interpersonal leadership kinda guy. One to one with a girl I clearly lead. But in groups, it's a bit different.
I considered trying out leading he group but found it counter effective for these reasons:
1. One guy's gonna come out of top and if it's not me, I lose even more power points for trying AND failing.
2. Most of the time the guy was doing an excellent job at leading the group. He knows the best restaurants, knows where we'll have a good time (he knows the city much more than the rest of us). So no one's complaining. I've had situations where other guys made leadership faux pas and i jumped in, doing what's best for the group.
3. The leader is my friend, not hostile and never pulls crap like trying to flirt with my girlfriend.
My question to you: is it mandatory that I always lead any group I find myself in with my girlfriend?
What is its impact on attraction?
And what can one do to minimise the effects of being led by another man in front of his girl?
This is a good question, and it's a common one for guys who're starting out.
The answer is a bit nuanced, too.