Hard Skills comprise your Technical and Academic qualifications PLUS whatever work/apprenticeship experience you have gained as on date.
From this definition we can easily understand that we can pick up and develop our Hard Skills from Universities, Colleges and Workplace.
On the other hand, Soft Skills refer to those skills which make up your total Personality. To be more exact, Soft Skills comprise all the Positive Qualities of one’s Personality. There is no place for any of those Negative Qualities that one might possess.
From the above definition of Soft Skills, it becomes obvious that most of the Soft Skills, like Effective Communication Skills, Useful Interpersonal Skills, Objective Analytical Skills, Innovation & Creativity, Positive Thinking and the likes are learnt more from Practical Life Experiences, and/or from Experienced Trainers or Training Institutions. ( There are more than 50 easily identifiable Soft Skills !)
It is no exaggeration to say that,
Soft Skills are the Crowning Caps on Hard Skills,
without which the Hard Skills cannot truly shine.