This reminds me of something I heard during the Y Combinator Startup School that is related to this. The background was basically that Y Combinator (the full program, not the startup school) doesn’t accept founders who they think are going to be jerks/annoying to work with.
About the somebody asked: Well how do you know that you won’t miss out on having the next Steve Jobs (despite his brilliance, he was apparently a jerk to work with), somebody who is brilliant but a jerk, in the program. You’re leaving money/talent on the table
The YC presenter’s response was: We want to enjoy working with our founders and we prioritise that over maximising our expected return.
I’d argue the stakes for YC are much higher than those for academic hiring committees (maybe tens of millions of dollars in expected equity per decision), and yet they do seem to be quite committed to creating a pleasant work environment.