Art Barter – A Servant Leadership Interview


Art Barter is the owner and Chairman of Datron World Communications. He’s also the Founder and CEO of Servant Leadership Institute. In 2004, Art purchased Datron, then a subsidiary of Titan Corporation. Art knew he could make Datron more successful through leadership changes – in particular, the application of Servant Leadership principles. Through his work with Datron and the Servant Leadership institute, many people are learning about the business success and personal benefits of practicing Servant Leadership.

Art was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss how he came to learn of servant leadership, it’s impact on his business and his plans for the institute. Below are the questions we cover in this interview:

1. Can you provide a brief history of Datron and the role of Servant Leadership when you acquired it?

2. What role did Servant Leadership play in your recent selection of a new President & CEO for Datron?

Followup Question: What advice would you give an organization that seeks to identify a servant leader, especially externally?

3. What role did servant leadership play in your recent decision to let some employees go?

4. What would you say to executives who doubt the value of servant leadership or it’s real world practicality – especially in business?

I want to thank Art, Datron and Servant Leadership Institute for all they do. It was a pleasure speaking with Art. If you want to learn more about Art, Servant Leadership Institute or Datron, please visit the Servant Leadership Institute’s website.

About the Author:

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder - the leading blog on servant leadership and top 35 site for any leadership topic, globally. Ben also speaks and consults on IT and management topics for a large variety of clients. Find out more about him at


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  2. feenie May 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    What a liar. This man practices only one thing he preaches, which is giving money. He does nothing else he preaches. He is not a leader, he has abandoned his company and employees and his company is now less than 100 people! He has bought his notoriety with charitable donations and is rude to those who serve him. He preaches trust but trusts only those in his family or who stroke his ego. He is always late and does not respect the time of others. He cancels every event he promises to speak at, so beware. If his form of servant leadership really works, why has his main company gone from 300+ people to under 100 in 2 years? The economy? I think not. Lack. Of. Leadership.

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