I have heard many people from various walks of life say that social skills matter more than hard skills (like being a good programmer, or being good at math, or being a good carpenter, etc) when it comes to getting a job or getting a high income.
I’m wondering if there’s any hard research to support this or, indeed, any good reason to believe it at all.
If there is, I’ll accept it, of course. But it doesn’t accord with my personal life, and it sounds like a covert form of nerd bashing. For example, most of the chess club members I knew, people who were mostly socially awkward or introverted, are now either working upper-middle class jobs (in their early 20s) or in good graduate schools. And (pace the stereotype) they were also generally rather successful with women.
So I’m wondering if the “it’s all about having good social skills” line has much merit to it?