The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. That person is sharply different from one who is leader first. – Robert K. Greenleaf
Servant leadership is a hot topic as of late but the ideology is not truly new. Essentially, servant leaders place their people and organizations first and themselves last. In the Canadian Army, we have the ideology of – Mission, Troops, Self. Which is essentially servant leadership. But still, when I learned about today’s guest I knew I had to have him on to talk about this absolutely crucial topic.
Art Barter is CEO and cultural architect of Datron World Communications Inc., an organization he transformed from a $10 million company to a $200 million company in just six years by putting into practice the behaviors of servant leadership. He also founded the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI) as a vehicle to share his knowledge and to teach others how to inspire and equip those they influence.
Barter is the author of Farmer Able: A Fable About Servant Leadership Transforming Organizations and People From the Inside Out. In his newest work, The Servant Leadership Journal, Barter teaches the nine behaviors necessary to grow into a servant leader.
During our interview, Art and I discuss the following topics:
- What actually servant leadership is
- How can leaders develop their servant skills
- How leaders can implement it in their organization
If you are interested in learning more about Art, then be sure to check out his resources:
- Daytron Website
- Servant Leadership Institute Website
- 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