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Art Barter

Art Barter
Art Barter believes “everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.” 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.

Fueled by his passion for servant leadership and the lessons learned from the implementation of Datron’s culture shift, Art created the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) 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.

Art believes the most important measure of his companies’ significance is how many people they have helped. Through his stories, he reveals Datron’s journey of moving from severe adversity to becoming a significant organization committed to leading for the sake of others. He believes how you get results is more important than the results themselves, and his presentations on servant leadership-related topics have inspired audiences around the world.

As an authority on servant leadership implementation, Art shares his expertise in business books, on websites, through podcasts, and in blogs. He also has extensive international business experience in the commercial and government sectors, focused on emerging international markets. He has knowledge in securing non-standard forms of financing to support customer needs around the world, adhering to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, surviving a Department of Justice investigation, working with international distribution networks, and helping customers use good communication rather than conflict to save lives in the turbulent world we live in.

Books By Art Barter

  • Weaving Influence Recent Launch
    Farmer Able

    Farmer Able

    “The pigs are running the farm.” So begins the story of Farmer Able. Everyone on his farm—people and animals alike—are downright downtrodden by him. He’s overbearing and compulsively obsessed with profits and productivity. He’s a typical top-down, power-based manager, forever tallying production numbers in his well-worn ledgers. But the more he pushes the hoofs and horns and humans, the more they dig in their heels. That is until one day when he hears a mysterious wind that whispers: “It’s not all about me.” Can he turn things around and begin attending to the needs of those on his farm, thus improving their attitudes and productivity?

    Farmer Able is an engaging parable that entertains as it enlightens. It reveals a profound truth about the dysfunction in organizations and how dramatic improvements can be made when leaders liberate employees to operate at their fullest potential and discover the significance in their work.

    If you’re looking to develop a new and profoundly satisfying leadership style, one that advocates serving others and creating ethical, engaging workplaces and innovative environments, this book will set you on your way. If you are tired of “business as usual,” this lively story will get you thinking about how to inspire your employees and produce better results.

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  • Weaving Influence Recent Launch
    Servant Leadership Journal

    Servant Leadership Journal

    The Servant Leadership Journey will allow you to walk through nine behaviors that are key to becoming a servant leader. Let’s change that old, worn out saying, “Walk the talk” to “Behavior your talk.” Show others you are serious about becoming a different type of leader—one that can be trusted to act the same as your talk, one that really cares. Start the journey to transforming your leadership behavior with this 18 week journal!

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