If you take the approach that soft skills is the same as claiming credit for other people's work, or sucking up to management when you should be working, then you've got a long way to go.
To me, people skills are the difference I can give be being employed on site in my offices rather than being replaced by a faceless programmer in a low-cost location. Being a naturally mathematically / logically inclined person, these soft skills don't come as naturally to me as they do to some other people, but I still recognise the need for them.
In direct use within the IT arena, soft/people skills are useful for:
+ determine requirements from users (understanding their needs and giving them what they want/need instead of what they say they want)
+ persuading people round to your way of thinking rather than battering them with assertions of your rightness or superior technical knowledge
+ building relationships so that you can ask for favours when you need them
+ motivating colleagues
+ presenting results / arguments in terms of benefits to the audience, rather than focussing on the technical features you enjoyed the most