I am writing a letter of recommendation for a student who has strong interpersonal skills. In order to list that characteristic in parallel with others of her strengths, I would like an adjective. Specifically, I would like to say: "She is academically excellent, hardworking, and _____."

I thought of the word "personable", but that means having a pleasant personality or appearance. If she were manipulative, I could describe her as "Machiavellian", but I believe she uses her powers for good. What I mean to communicate is that she is a good listener, communicates well, and has good social skills.


I chose not to use words like "sociable" or "gregarious" because I wish to emphasize her ability to communicate effectively in professional contexts. I am nominating her for a position that requires professional and academic excellence, not charm or even charisma. Think of qualities that would be admired in a great leader (of any gender).

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All of your clues are about interacting with people. People make up a society. You got close with 'good social skills'. She is sociable.

  • Great answer, but for the OP's sake, please provide a link to an accredited dictionary.
    – user305707
    Oct 3, 2018 at 5:19
  • I considered that word, but it seems to be defined as friendly, affable, gregarious, etc. There are many friendly students on campus. I do not mean that she is a socialite. I mean that she can communicate effectively in professional situations. Oct 3, 2018 at 14:49
  • OK, then communicative
    – AmI
    Oct 3, 2018 at 23:25

approachable, adjective
: capable of being approached : ACCESSIBLE
specifically : easy to meet or deal with


Though there are some connotations to this word that would imply the positive notion of "strong interpersonal skills". If you were aiming for a more negative light (as in a salesperson that is good at using strong interpersonal skills to manipulate people), you may head towards:

sly, adjective
1 chiefly dialectal
a : wise in practical affairs
b : displaying cleverness : INGENIOUS

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