Chances are, for every 10 supervisors you’ve had throughout your career you’d probably want to work for only two or three of them again.

And that’s if you’re lucky.The ways in which people get along and work effectively together to get work done are often called “soft skills.”

There is a lot of chatter these days in business and academia alike about how to cultivate soft skills.Many universities are branding themselves as a place for their graduates to build a range of soft skills. Others are wrestling with the question of how best to equip students with soft skills.

And hiring managers are contemplating how best to sort through the pool of candidates to identify those with the needed soft skills for the job.