Changing your behavior is hard — especially if you’ve been doing things a particular way for years or even decades. It requires reflecting on your current behaviors, understanding what needs to change, educating yourself and planning how to do things differently, and applying those plans on a daily basis. It’s a lengthy, challenging process, especially in our hectic, “always on” world — but there are tools to help!

For instance, consider those times in your day when your hands are busy, but your mind is left free to wander — such as during your commute, while you exercise, as you do housework, etc. Those are great times to reflect on your current behaviors and evaluate their effectiveness. Another great tool is journaling. Simply writing down your thoughts, emotions, challenges, and experiences can help focus your mind on what’s important or what needs to change. It’s even more effective when you journal about a particular aspect of life, such as your leadership journey.

Today’s featured author utilizes both of those tools in powerful ways. He began years ago using his commute to reflect on “behaving his talk” as a leader, focusing particularly on the principles of servant leadership, framing his mind to consider how to add value as a servant leader throughout that particular day. Eventually, he began focusing on nine behaviors key to growing as a servant leader, and created an 18-week journal focused on transforming personal leadership — a tool you can use to transform your leadership journey one day at a time.

Meet the Author — Art Barter

Art BarterFrom compassionate leader to caring friend, Art Barter has also been committed to the principles of excellence related to the workplace. In 2004, his world changed dramatically. As vice president of finance within Datron World Communications, Art was given an opportunity to purchase the company. With little money and a big vision, a miracle happened through several circumstances that allowed Art and Lori Barter to become owners of a $10 million communications company.

Art will tell you the transformation took place because of his commitment to turn the organization from a traditional model of leadership to a servant leadership model. As chief executive officer, he also sees himself as cultural architect within Datron. The recent book, The Art of Servant Leadership, explains his story of success. Art is committed to sharing his Datron story with as many corporate leaders as possible, so that they too can move from “good, to great, to even greater impact” for the sake of others.

Art Barter holds two bachelor’s degrees in business and finance. Prior to joining Datron in 1999, he spent eight years working with the Disney Corporation and over 25 years in manufacturing companies.  In 2004, Art purchased Datron from The Titan Corporation and began serving in his current position as Datron’s CEO.

Want to connect with Art? Visit his website or find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Discover the Book — The Servant Leadership Journal

Servant leadership is a form of leadership that turns the traditional organization chart upside down; the leader exists to serve the people he leads. In The Servant Leadership Journal, author and servant leadership implementer Art Barter teaches nine behaviors necessary to grow into a servant leader. Through the journaling process, these behaviors will change your mindset about leading in your personal life and your organization, thus changing your leadership behaviors and allowing you to reap rewards you never thought possible.

There are four distinct steps that are key to effective journaling: educate yourself on the meaning of each behavior; understand where you are with each behavior; be courageous to see the real you; and apply what you are learning to your life. What specific areas do you want to improve? Reflect by recording the results of your journey. Let’s change that old, worn out saying, “Walk the talk” to “Behave your talk.”™ Show others you are serious about becoming a different type of leader—one who can be trusted to act the same way you talk.

Intrigued? Visit the book page, add it to your Goodreads shelf, or buy a copy on Amazon.

What People Are Saying

“I loved how practical the steps in this book are. The author did a great job at at setting up everything that you need to start working toward being the type of leader that not only will your followers want to follow but that you will want to be!”
— Dad of Divas, 5-star Amazon review

“Writing about your experiences, feelings, challenges, and goals will help you understand the new actions you are choosing to take. . . . Throughout, you’ll find quotations from fellow servant leaders, to help support your journey. Living your life for others has been shown to result in happiness, resilience, friendship, success, and more.”
— R.McConaughy, 5-star Amazon review

“Recently read ‘Farmer Able’ and loved how Art succinctly wove the Servant Leadership principles through the book. As I’ve thumbed through this journal I’m excited to have another tool to help me SERVE my organization better!”
— Troy Slezak, 5-star Amazon review

“As an adjunct to the book ‘Farmer Able,’ Art Barter has published ‘The Servant Leadership Journal’ where . . . you will learn a better leadership philosophy, learn about yourself, and make changes to become a leader people want to follow.”
— Neal Woodson, 4-star Amazon review

Learn More

Visit to learn more about the book and find beautiful graphics and tweets to share with your coworkers and friends, or visit to learn more about the author. Also, if you missed our recent webinar with Art, where he shared more about his philosophy of servant leadership, you can watch the replay here.