How to Serve First, Build Trust, and Live Your Values

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I thought I’d arrived.

At 25, I was pushed into the senior finance role in my division as “controller.” I embraced command-and-control leadership.

In 2003, I was tired of giving my all to a corporate world that didn’t care about my family or me. That’s when Ken Blanchard’s influence led me to look at leadership from a servant’s perspective.

I faced the reality that it wasn’t enough to say I was going to change the way I lead; I had to change my behavior. I had to move from walking the talk to behaving the talk.

Three ways to “behave the talk™”:

#1. Serve First

Servant leadership is living your life for the sake of others.

You can transform your mindset and motives to serve first — which doesn’t necessarily come naturally.

Actions that demonstrate you serve first:

  1. Equip people fully.
  2. Meet with people one on one weekly.
  3. Apologize when necessary.

The important measure of serving others is how are people better off after they’ve come in contact with you?

#2. Build Trust

Build trust by trusting yourself and extending trust to others.

Actions that demonstrate you trust yourself:

  1. Speak up in meetings to add value.
  2. Make timely decisions.
  3. Be transparent even in your mistakes.

Actions that extend trust to others:

  1. Give others power to make decisions.
  2. Don’t reexamine data others give you.
  3. Recognize successes, teach through failures.

#3. Live Your Values

Values have to drive employee behavior, and that only happens when they understand the purpose behind them.

Actions to live your values:

  1. Help others understand why values are important.
  2. Invest time sharing your passion in your purpose.
  3. Help people understand why you do what you do in business.

The behaviors of servant leadership will change your life and the lives of those around you.

How might leaders “behave the talk™” of servant leadership?


Leave a comment on this post by Art Barter to become eligible to win one of twenty complimentary copies of his Servant Leadership Journal. (Deadline: 4/1/2017)


Art Barter believes everyone can be great, because everyone can serve. To teach about the power of servant leadership, Art started in his own backyard by rebuilding the culture of the manufacturing company he bought, Datron World Communications.  Art took Datron’s traditional power-led model and turned it upside down and the result was the international radio manufacturer grew from a $10 million company to a $200 million company in six years. Fueled by his passion for servant leadership, Art created the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI).

To learn more about Art and his new Servant Leadership Journal, as well as his book on servant leadership, Farmer Able: A Fable About Servant Leadership Transforming Organizations And People From The Inside Out, endorsed by Stephen M.R. Covey, Ken Blanchard , and John C. Maxwell , visit .