"Soft skills are abilities that are not directly related to a specific career, but complement technical or professional job skills. Employers value these skills because they distinguish reliable and effective employees from those who function less well in the workplace, even when technical knowledge is equal. Communication, problem solving, teamwork, professionalism, reliability, and creativity are the soft skills most in demand, while leadership, time management, loyalty, and networking are also considered important. Even though they may not be listed in a job description, soft skills often make the difference when one job candidate is chosen over another."
Source: Comstock, N. W. (2022). Soft skills. Salem Press Encyclopedia.