Art Barter created the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) as a vehicle to share his knowledge in implementing servant leadership and to teach others how to inspire and equip those they influence. He is inspired by John Maxwell, Stephen M.R. Covey, and Ken Blanchard, among others.


Art Barter

Art Barter

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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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.


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

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.

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

Art Barter's Keynote speech at the 2016 Servant Leadership Conference in Coronado, CA.

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