John Maxwell shares some important self introspective guidelines and techniques leaders can use to assess their own growth in leadership skills

Today, at almost the mid-point of 2015, it’s a natural time to evaluate your progress in personal growth so far. So here are some questions to ask yourself to see how well you’ve been growing this year:

1. When was the last time you did something for the first time? — Have you been trying new things in 2015? Or are you still doing what you’ve always done? Trying new things – and sometimes failing – is one of the best ways to grow.

2. What have you learned and applied in the past six months? — How intentional have you been about learning and putting new ideas and skills into practice? What have you read, listened to, or attended that gave you practical guidance toward reaching your goals? And how have you applied what you learned?

3. What have you been doing daily to facilitate your growth? — Successful people make right decisions early and manage those decisions daily. Once you’ve decided to grow, the progress is measured day by day. So what daily steps are you taking to get closer to your goals.

4. How are you passing on what you are learning? — This is the most important question for a leader. That’s because I believe we’re called to be “rivers,” not “reservoirs.” In other words, we’re at our best when we let what we learn flow through us so it can impact others. How have you done at strategically sharing your learning with those around you?