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 2008. 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.
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 2017 by the Trust Across America organization.
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.
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.
His experience with Datron’s transformation to a servant-led organization is chronicled in the book, The Art of Servant Leadership: Designing your organization for the sake of others.
His book, Farmer Able: A Fable About Servant Leadership Transforming Organizations and People from the Inside Out, has been endorsed by leaders of servant-led companies including WD-40, Popeye’s, Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard Companies, and John Maxwell Co.
Art's most recent book is the Servant Leadership Journal: An 18 Week Journey to Transform You and Your Organization.
Through SLI, Art has also commissioned Our Character at Work: Success from the Heart of Servant Leadership.