Unfortunately, these are well-used expressions that find their way into all levels of management and in companies on an international level. More importantly, they are symptoms of avoidance-seeking leaders that end up producing—at best—the bare minimum of what is required. This isn’t the kind of leadership these individuals are capable of and it certainly isn’t the kind you want operating your organization.
When leaders feel that they have no choices or are afraid to take risks, they cannot see their team’s and company’s choices clearly. Self-doubt will undercut your employees’ ability to make decisions, rob their team of effectiveness as a unit, and hinder their ability to implement change—thus obstructing the company’s vision for achievement and costing your company money.