Nuno Fernandes

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American Public University System (APUS) delivers accessible and affordable online higher education to adult learners of all backgrounds. With over 123,000 alumni making a difference in their communities, APUS offers more than 200 online degree and certificate programs through American Public University and American Military University, the #1 provider of higher education to U.S. military and veterans.

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What's the most important element of leadership? If you haven't answered this question for yourself it's too easy to get distracted. Leaders are the busiest people on the planet, and it's not realistic to chase every new leadership theory out there.

Instead prioritize developing the one that will get you the furthest in your leadership journey and drive your success.

You can’t be a great leader if you don’t have perspective. Being able to look at things from different points of view from your employees, customers, and even your competition is the difference between success and failure. Perspective allows you to make the right decisions and inspire others to trust you. 

I host Nuno Fernandes, President of American Public University System, where he shares his experience living in 9 different countries and how that has helped shape his ability to lead effectively.

American Public University System (APUS) delivers high quality, affordable and workforce relevant higher education to adult learners of all backgrounds through two different institutions: American Public University and American Military University.

They rank in the top 10% for return on educational investment compared to 4,500 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report, Ranking 4,500 Colleges by ROI (2022).

APUS ranks as them as the best online college for working adults, according to ZDNet (June 2022).

Nuno has a range of leadership and business experience in higher ed and beyond, including as President and CEO of Latin America’s largest online program manager (OPM), and one of the top 3 globally in number of managed students, Ilumno.

He is motivated by delivering high quality programs and services that will positively impact the lives of students and their communities.

He is the 2019 recipient of ACQ5’s “Gamechanger of the Year” Global Award and the winner of the 2018 ICON Award (Impact Category), recognizing the marketing executive with the most impact in the United States.

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  • The biggest leadership lesson from living in nine different countries.
  • Why” follow your passion” is often the wrong leadership advice and what to do instead.
  • The difficult moment when letting an employee go.
  • What he learned from his grandparents about education.
  • An unexpected twist that led to his growth down the road.
  • Advice for leaders.


Why Understanding Other Perspectives is a Key Leadership Skill by Steffan Surdek on Forbes 

Perspective and Leadership by Mark Bragg on Medium

Leadership Perspectives by Peter Chao on 


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