Art Barter

Founder and CEO, Servant Leadership Institute

Owner and CEO, Datron World Communications, Inc.



Using his passion for servant leadership, Art Barter was able to demonstrate the power of this leadership technique, not by lecturing or writing about it, but by doing it first.

After purchasing Datron World Communications in 2004, he began to dismantle the company's traditional power-led management style and replaced it with the servant leadership model. After years of hard work, not only were the employees of Datron happier, they were more efficient. As a result, Datron grew from a $10 million company to a $200 million company in just 6 years.

In order to spread his passion for servant leadership, Art founded the Servant Leadership Institute in 2010. Since its inception, the Institute has developed a powerful curriculum with over 45 hours of training, more than half a dozen books and booklets, as well as webinars, podcasts and articles all geared toward empowering others to become effective servant leaders.

How you get the results is more important than the results themselves.

From the individual contributor all the way up to the CEO, every person deserves to unlock his or her full potential. Through his leadership of Datron World Communications and the success stories of other businesses that have risen to the challenge of servant leadership through his influence, Art Barter has shown that servant leadership can take an ordinary company and make it extraordinary.

Art's passion for servant leadership has earned him a spot in the top 30 leaders named to the John C. Maxwell Leadership Awards in 2015, as well as a Trust Top Thought Leader for both 2017and 2018 by the Trust Across America organization.


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Servant Leadership Speaker

Art Barter believes how you get results is more important than the results themselves, and his presentations on servant leadership-related topics have inspired audiences nationwide.

In a popular keynote, Can You Spare Any Change? Transforming Behaviors Through Servant Leadership, Art describes the behaviors Datron used to transform into a servant-led organization that is committed to leading for the sake of others.

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Extensive International Business Experience

Art Barter has extensive business experience focusing on emerging international markets in commercial and government sectors. He has knowledge in securing non-standard forms of financing to support customer needs around the world, and has:

  • Adhered to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act;
  • Survived a Department of Justice investigation;
  • Worked with international distribution networks; and
  • Used communication rather than conflict to save lives, manage disturbances, and make a difference in the world.

Servant Leadership Author

Fueled by his passion for servant leadership, Art shares his expertise in business books, on websites, through podcasts, articles, and in blogs.

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SLI Founder and CEO Art Barter has a featured chapter in the upcoming "Servant Leadership in Action." Pre-order now.


Featured Videos

Convene Podcast: Art Barter talks the 9 Transformational Behaviors of a Servant Leader

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