Art Barter – Servant Leadership Interview Series – Servant Leadership Institute CEO

Art Barter is the founder and CEO of the Servant Leadership Institute. They’re hosting SLI15: Let’s Do This! in Orlando, November 9th & 10th. At the end of this post is a 55% discount to the conference for MSL subscribers!

Art was kind enough to sit down again with us and talk about servant leadership. As always, Art was a wealth of wisdom and insights. The entire conversation was enlightening and engaging. However, if you have time to only listen to one question, jump to his last comments. You won’t be disappointed.

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Questions & Answer Links

1. Tell us a little about yourself (where were you born & raised, a little about your childhood and family, personal passions outside of work….)? See Answer

2. How did you first hear of servant leadership? See Answer

3. How do you define servant leadership? See Answer

4. What is the most difficult aspect of practicing servant leadership? See Answer

5. Is servant leadership a religious concept? See Answer

6. Is there an industry or functional area where servant leadership will not work? See Answer

7. Are there popular trends right now making servant leadership easier or harder to practice? See Answer

8. What do you say to someone working in an organization where servant leadership does not seem valued? See Answer

9. Can a self-serving individual become a servant leader? See Answer

10. How do you define the difference between leadership and management? See Answer

11. How can someone identify potential servant leaders and / or companies that value servant leadership? See Answer

12. What are the best ways for someone to develop their leadership skills? See Answer

13. You’ve hosted a series of conferences on servant leadership and have one coming up soon in Orlando. Can you speak about your objectives with these conferences? See Answer

14. I read that this conference has 4 pillars to it, Behaviors, Character, Trust and Relationships. Can you explain each of those and how attendees will develop their skills in these areas? See Answer

15. Is there anything you wish I’d asked that you’d like to share with the audience? See Answer

Wrap-Up: If subscribers want to learn more about you or The Servant Leadership Institute, where should they go? See Answer

For more on Art Barter, visit
For more on The Servant Leadership Institute, visit
For more on Modern Servant Leader or Ben Lichtenwalner, visit

Servant Leadership Institute Conference Discount

Art and the team at the Servant Leadership Institute offer Modern Servant Leader readers a terrific discount of 55% off conference registration. Just enter the promotion code MSL2015 when registering at:


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Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

3 thoughts on “Art Barter – Servant Leadership Interview Series – Servant Leadership Institute CEO”

  1. Great interview and excellent insights from Art Barter, particularly his emphasis on the criticality of trust and the importance of values and character. His closing comments were particularly powerful.

    Thanks for sharing, Ben

    1. My pleasure, Kenneth. I agree, he has some incredible insights – many that others overlook or simply downplay. For example, the reality that while many (most?) people can change, there comes a point at which you may need to move on. Thanks for the feedback!

  2. David McCuistion

    Great interview and information. I would love to attend the conference,
    but work won’t permit it, although I’m working on it. I love the focus
    of the conferences. I was shaken by the last question and comment about
    people in last of their lives and about the 14-25 age group. However, as
    a high school teacher, I agree with the reason young take their lives
    as I see it every day – students with no value system, don’t trust
    adults (especially parents and teachers), and have no idea as to their
    future, and seem to care less as their cell phones and social media are
    the most important thing in their lives. Sad shape of our country and
    the future. Thanks Ben for sharing the interview.

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