Redefining Our Idea of What it Means to be a Man in the 21st Century By Jane Sandwood

Today's guest post is from Jane Sandwood. She grew up in a very male dominated household including three brothers and her father, with her grandfather living nearby. She has become quite interested in the concept of ‘the modern man’ and what it means in reality. Watching her brothers grow up to become fathers, whilst also considering her own father’s approach to parenthood, has opened her eyes to how fatherhood has changed dramatically over the last 50 years. And of course, becoming a mother to sons herself, has made her think about what it really means to be a man in this modern age.

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It isn’t odd to find references to the so-called ‘crisis of masculinity’ in the United States. Although the gender pay gap still exists, statistics point to interesting changes in some age groups - for instance, a new analysis of job offers by Hired, has found that women with two years or less in the workforce, tend to request 2% more compensation than men. As noted by Fortune’s Valentina Zarya, women on the cusp of the Millennial and Gen Z generations have arrived at a point in which gender roles are more fluid than in the past. Large paradigm shifts such as these have led the media to question what it means to be a man in the 21st century. However, if we look at how men’s ideas of masculinity are changing, we find that in the breakdown of traditional roles, everyone’s a winner.

Dream Careers

In the past, there is no doubt that a successful man was mainly defined by his earnings. Today’s male, however, places priority on doing something that they love, although it won’t necessarily make them rich. Interestingly, research shows that a very high percentage of wealthy men enjoy what they do for a living; there clearly is a correlation between material success and working in a job that ignites your passion.

A New Definition of Leadership

Today’s leader is inclusive, thoughtful and eager to promote greater diversity in the workplace. Gone are the days when micro-management and a stern leadership style were the qualities of a successful manager. Today’s leader is interested in how to bring out the best in his staff, or how to produce optimal results. Issues like flexibility, working from home, and a work-life balance have become crucial when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent. Cultural diversity is also important; managers are realizing the importance of a diverse, international team, who can identify and cater to the needs of clients who are becoming ever more international in this age of ubiquitous connectivity.

Freedom of Expression through Design, Style and Leisure Choices

Modern men are more interested in designing their living space, and see fashion as the way to express their personality; thankfully, more creative ways of dressing up are visible on the world’s top catwalks, with style icons like Kanye West often creating gender-fluid designs. Men’s changing roles at home and in the workforce mean that hobby choices have also changed, with cooking classes proving particularly popular among men and women alike. The quest for a new kind of manliness has also shaped our travel choices - many men are foregoing the world’s big capitals for nature - and spiritual-based retreats which often incorporate mindfulness-based activities such as yoga.

There have always been challenges for men and women, since societal constructs have the potential to limit our freedom and individuality. However, changing expectations for men mean that there is not time like right now to freely define and express our personal idea of manliness and masculinity.

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Top Podcasts To Explore The World And Your Mind In 2017

Hola Family! This is a special bonus episode featuring some of of my top travel podcaster friends! You will hear from each host for a couple of minutes so you can get a better feel for what they are like. Immersing yourself in a variety of travel, lifestyle, digital nomad, expat, and adventure podcasts is the best way to accelerate your learning on the topics! Of course there are some great shows in addition to this list, but have a listen and see what piques your interest!

The 6 Packs w/Expats is a podcast by CP Travels which discusses global politics, fashion trends, myths, or just share stories about their time abroad hosted by Carl and Patrick.

Travel Like A Boss podcast is the radio show all about traveling like a boss by being your own boss – featuring guests that have built their own online businesses. This podcast is hosted by Johnny FD.

The Expat Happy Hour is the podcast that draws on the realities of expat life to offer you smart and simple solutions so that you can quickly (and painlessly!) adapt. Be successful, find your purpose abroad and stay connected with those who mean the most. This podcast is hosted by Sundae Bean.

As Told By Nomads podcast features interviews with global nomads, Third Culture Kids, entrepreneurs and multicultural individuals who are leaders in business, culture, travel and global affairs to discuss what it takes to embrace your global identity and become a global leader. This podcast is hosted by Tayo Rockson AKA me. 

The point of the Travel Wisdom podcast is that traveling can be more than a vacation but a learning experience and that traveling can be an investment into your future. This podcast is hosted by a friend of mine Ladan Jiracek. Ladan was the organizer of putting these podcast promo together!

And if you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to the As Told By Nomads podcast, and I will keep bringing you the best guests and pieces of content to embrace your global identity and become a better leader! 

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How To Develop Your Brand As A Thought Leader

Being a thought leader isn't something that happens magically and developing your brand as one takes some strategizing and intentionality. In today's episode, I discuss 7 ways that you can position yourself as an expert recognized in your niche online and offline. Hope you enjoy!

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How To Be An Inclusive Leader In The 21st Century

At an early age, I became inquisitive about the qualities needed for a leader to lead a diverse environment in the 21st century. As a young adult, I attended international schools, worked in international organizations and interviewed people from all continents which eventually shaped my views. In this talk, I share ways this experience led me to answering my own question of what qualities it takes to be a leader in the 21st century.

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