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Welcome to Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast with Ruth Haley Barton. In each 30-minute episode you will discover how forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading is the best thing you bring to leadership! Visit www.transformingcenter.org for additional resources for pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve.

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership with Ruth Haley Barton Ruth Haley Barton

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 419 Ratings

Welcome to Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership podcast with Ruth Haley Barton. In each 30-minute episode you will discover how forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God in the midst of leading is the best thing you bring to leadership! Visit www.transformingcenter.org for additional resources for pastors, Christian leaders, and the congregations and organizations they serve.

    S23 Ep 5 | The Head Center: Managing Our Relationship with Fear

    S23 Ep 5 | The Head Center: Managing Our Relationship with Fear

    Finally, we’ve arrived at the head center! Ruth and Erin will discuss the 5s, 6s, and 7s of this triad and their special relationship to fear. Erin and Ruth cover all the aspects we’ve been discussing this season as they apply to the head center: the instincts and their impact on the numbers, what unique challenges and transformation opportunities exist in this triad, and how to love our 5s, 6s, and 7s well. Ruth also asks Erin some broader enneagram questions about wings and arrows (and you’ll hear producer Colleen chime in with some clarifying questions here) and what spirituality she applies to the enneagram. Erin also briefly gives us an overview of a few enneagram theories, including the rules of 1, 3, and 7. Over on Patreon, Erin continues to share journal prompts for 5s, 6s, and 7s as well as guidance specific to the unique challenges for head center folks as they work through those questions. Additionally, she elaborates on those enneagram theories that we could only briefly touch on in the episode.

    • 59 min
    S23 Ep 4 | The Heart Center: Managing Our Relationship with Connection and Disconnection

    S23 Ep 4 | The Heart Center: Managing Our Relationship with Connection and Disconnection

    It’s time for the heart center numbers! Ruth and Erin will discuss the 2s, 3s, and 4s of this triad and their special relationship to connection and disconnection. Erin breaks down each of these numbers and how their instincts impact them. They talk about the challenges our broken and often violent world presents for those in this feelings-centered triad, as well as the unique ways the world needs their heart more than ever. Over on Patreon, Erin continues to share journal prompts for 2s, 3s, and 4s as well as guidance specific to the unique challenges for heart center folks as they work through those questions.

    • 43 min
    S23 Ep 3 | The Body Center: Managing Our Relationship with Anger

    S23 Ep 3 | The Body Center: Managing Our Relationship with Anger

    We are exploring the body triad this week! Containing the enneagram 8s, 9s, and 1s, these folks have to work to manage their relationship with anger. Ruth and Erin discuss the different relationships each number has with anger and how the subtypes impact that. They also explore what safety looks like for 8s, 9s, and 1s, as well as the unique invitations towards transformation for each number. Over on Patreon, Erin is sharing a worksheet that helps us reclaim our own sense of safety and transformational journal questions for the body center numbers. She’s also providing some guidance specific to the unique challenges of 8s, 9s, and 1’s as they work through those questions.

    • 42 min
    S23 Ep 2: Beyond the Basics, Beyond the Behaviors

    S23 Ep 2: Beyond the Basics, Beyond the Behaviors

    In this episode, Ruth is joined by our guest this season, Erin Baute! Erin and Ruth discuss the three subtypes or instincts, how they show up in all of us developmentally, and why they are so important to our conversations about developing our own sense of internal safety. They also discuss what it truly means to feel safe and how people have weaponized it to detract from their own behaviors. Over on Patreon, Erin and Colleen sit down to have a conversation that delves deeper into instinct theory, how to determine your own instinct preferences, and what it means to be the “countertype” of your number.

    • 56 min
    S23 Ep1: It Was the Worst of Times: How the Enneagram Can Help Us Navigate a Troubled World

    S23 Ep1: It Was the Worst of Times: How the Enneagram Can Help Us Navigate a Troubled World

    Welcome to season 23! This season we are using the framework of the enneagram, and in particular the ways the 3 instinctual subtypes impact each enneagram number, to help people do the necessary inner work of knowing themselves and managing anxiety, triggers, and stuck patterns so that they can lead others well. This season, we are moving beyond the basics of describing each number type to look at our instincts and what motivates our behaviors. Special guest, Erin Baute, a leadership behavior strategist with over 20 years of experience in behavior change and professional development, joins us all season long to help us do this important work.



    Today, Ruth kicks off the season with a solo episode. She gives an introduction to the season ahead, an overview of how she uses the enneagram as a tool, in conjunction with the Holy Spirit, for self-examination and confession, and some guidance for interacting with the enneagram well. We conclude this episode with the Welcoming Prayer, a prayer Ruth often uses as a way to pray into the new things we discover about ourselves as we work with the enneagram.

    • 38 min
    Easter Monday | Transforming Post-Resurrection Encounters with Jesus (A Replay)

    Easter Monday | Transforming Post-Resurrection Encounters with Jesus (A Replay)

    We are revisiting last year’s Easter Monday episode because we found the reflections to still be so timely with the themes we discussed during this season of the podcast. We hope it encourages and blesses you on this Easter Monday.



    He is Risen, indeed! Happy Easter Monday, friends. Today, Ruth helps us celebrate the Risen Christ with five stories of post-resurrection encounters with Jesus. In each story she helps us consider our own invitations to transforming encounters with Jesus that God might have for us. Which story resonates most profoundly with you and what healing or transformation is God wanting to bring as you sit with God and these stories? We invite you to take some time today to listen to these stories reflectively, imagining yourself in them and to take a moment to be with Jesus right there in the biblical story as you find him there and as you find yourself there.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
419 Ratings

419 Ratings

Justagirllookingforatribe ,

I Craft My Rhythm with Ruth

For years now, listening to this podcast has been included in my rhythms of grace for transformation. Ruth and her co hosts speak into deeper structures of my mind to bring reality and hope. I’m so thankful!

JoyEMoore ,

What a Gift

These podcast conversations have been supporting my life with God- echoing my yearnings. There is such wisdom in reclaiming our humanity from the cultural forces of efficiency and productivity- and Ruth and her guests are gently and firmly leading us to true Life. Thank you!!

cpsouthside ,

This Podcast is Amazing and so Helpful!

Ruth doesn’t know it but she has been a spiritual coach in my life for many years through this podcast and her books. It has helped me as an active and driven person/pastor with an active brain to experience solitude and silence among other things. Thank you to everyone e involved in making this podcast a reality and to Ruth for pouring into us!

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