Jan. 10, 2013
-- Christopher Bossa’s life in leadership didn’t start out with his roles as a partner, owner, and CEO of a real estate firm. Christopher Bossa’s work as a leader began on the soccer field, coaching little league soccer players. Bossa began in his high school years, training up the little league players into a formidable force of young athletes.
“It was about focus, I think,” says Christopher Bossa, “I’ve never been the type of guy to celebrate victory. I prefer to think of the next job ahead, and I think instilling that sense, that sense of purpose, is really key to my time as a coach.” Bossa reflects, remembering that “it wasn’t all work, mind you, we did enjoy the wins, we did mourn the losses, but the real trick was to just focus on what comes next.”
Christopher Bossa has lived a profound path of nexts, moving from coach, to lender, to trader, to CEO of his own firm. Christopher Bossa’s time in high school led him on an educational path that included courses in leadership at Oxford, classes in language in Malaga, Spain, and the beginnings of a life in business, which began at the Business School of Europe in London, but his most fundamental lessons came from his time on the field.
“It’s about playing the game, really,” says Christopher Bossa. “Keeping your head in it, and, again, moving forward.” A humble businessman who generally maintains a very private air around him, Bossa’s business has extended to several states, in a path that led him to various firms, and has led him to a variety of accolades.
“It’s not about the accolades or the trophies or the pizza party,” joked Christopher Bossa, referring to his days as a coach, “it’s about the sense of accomplishment. ‘We did it!’ That emotion, that steadfastness, is absolutely key to how I do what I do.” Bossa doesn’t spend much time on the field any more, preferring to watch games from the comfort of his office while working on the latest project, but he does miss the sport, specifically a different kind of green than you might expect. “It’s the smell really, that fresh-cut grass. I still miss it.”