August 16, 2023
For Teams

Delegate for growth with the Eisenhower Matrix

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to help you prioritise your tasks and stretch your direct reports in the process

What is the Eisenhower Matrix? 

The Eisenhower Matrix is a well known framework for prioritisation and time management. It was popularised by former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. We take it one step further to help managers delegate for their direct reports’ growth.

The matrix uses 2 axis

  • Urgent: how much time do you have to get this completed?
  • Important: does it push your team towards its goals this year?

Depending on where the task sits on the axis, it categorises tasks into four quadrants

  • Not urgent and not important: try and avoid these tasks completely or put them in a freeze box as they aren’t essential
  • Urgent but not important: reconsider whether these tasks needs to exist, and avoid delegating to your own team members
  • Not urgent but important: these are great tasks to delegate to your direct reports and help them grow
  • Urgent and important: these are stretch goals for high performing and motivated team members.

If you're at a fast-growing company, the top left quadrant is where you might often be forced to delegate in. When we work together as a team during these demanding times, we can be more creative, and grow as a result of stepping outside of our comfort zone.

Understanding the importance and urgency of tasks is important as a leader who is able to effectively lead teams and manage upwards.


  1. Clear structure and easy to understand
  2. Adaptable to personal style
  3. Visual Representation


  1. Systematic decision making
  2. Delegation empowerment
  3. Time management


  1. Subjective Evaluation of “urgency” and “importance”
  2. Adaptations to complex or rapidly-shifting circumstances
  3. Neglect of Quadrant 4 could lead to long-term challenges

Watch it in action

Watch a short snippet of one of our coaches introducing the framework.

What other managers are saying

"It helped me re-prioritize all my tasks (at work and for personal admin stuff) and so help me take the good decision. The Eisenhower Matrix is quite easy to use and very powerful, that’s the beauty of it!"
"I’ve learned the power of utilising the Eisenhower matrix on a daily basis and how easy it is to build a clearer picture of where tasks can be delegated to save time but also where the opportunities are to allow my direct reports to grow in their role."
"Good delegation requires a couple of things: identifying tasks that can be meaningfully delegated (through the Eisenhower matrix), explaining the rationale, empowering the individual with the task, and outlining areas for improvement/growth after the task is completed."

Apply the Eisenhower Matrix to help you delegate today

The Eisenhower Matrix is a popular tool for prioritisation, but it is also a powerful tool to grow your team.

Download our toolkit to gain access to all the resources you need to start delegating not just effectively, but efficiently, with your team. Including the following tools, designed specifically for managers and leaders.

  • Printable toolkit with readings crafted specifically for managers
  • Reflection template to determine what to delegate
  • Guided reflection and framework on how to measure the readiness of your team

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