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Back-scratching, ancient Roman-style

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Mastering the art of gratitude, said the stoic Roman philosopher Seneca, is the most important leadership skill. Here’s what he meant:

Expressing too much gratitude for a favor you’ve received embarrasses the favor-giver and weakens your image; expressing too little gratitude, or none, makes you look boorish.

Leaders can also enhance their strength, Seneca said, by granting favors freely without expecting lavish rewards in return.

— Adapted from On Benefits, Annaeus Seneca.

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