Project Description

Art Barter, Founder and CEO Servant Leadership Institute and CEO Datron World Communications

Art Barter believes “how you get the results is more important than the results themselves.” To teach people about the power of servant-leadership, Art started in his own backyard by rebuilding the culture of the manufacturing company he bought in 2004, Datron World Communications. Art took Datron’s traditional power-led model and turned it upside down; and together with his management team, began to serve first. The result: a small international radio manufacturer grew from a $10 million company to a $200 million company in six years. In late 2016, Datron received a record $495 million order which Art feels is a direct result of the companies servant-leadership culture.

Fueled by his passion for servant-leadership and the lessons learned from the implementation of Datron’s culture shift, Art founded the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) in 2008 as a vehicle to share his knowledge and to teach others how to inspire and equip those they influence. At the company’s heart is a foundational curriculum covering 45 hours of training for every employee in the organization.

As an authority on servant-leadership implementation, Art shares his expertise in business books, on websites, through podcasts and in blogs. Currently he authors a monthly column in the digital magazine MoneyInc.com and Forbes.com. His experience with Datron’s transformation to a servant-led organization is chronicled in the book, The Art of Servant Leadership. Art is the author of Farmer Able: A Fable About Servant Leadership Transforming Organizations And People From The Inside Out, The Servant Leadership Journal: An 18 Week Journey To Transform You and Your Organization, and The Art of Servant Leadership II: How You Get Results Is More Important Than the Results Themselves.

Art was recognized in 2015 as one of the Top 30 leaders named to the “John C. Maxwell Leadership Awards”. He has also been named by the Trust Across America organization as a “Top Thought Leaders In Trust” for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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