Organizations often see the need to prepare people for leadership and management positions, before putting them in such positions.
One way in which organizations prepare people for leadership and management positions is by putting them through specialized leadership and management training programs. There are, for instance, organizations that carry out internship or graduate trainee programs, aimed at preparing people to later on take up leadership positions.
Another way in which organizations prepare people for leadership and management positions is by giving them more and more responsibility progressively.
Yet another way in which organizations prepare people for leadership and management positions is by putting them through mentorship programs. In most cases, the mentorship is done on a one on one basis, typically as part of succession plan. But then, there are cases where the mentorship is done remotely. It can, for instance, be done through phone calls or video conferencing technology. It can, at yet another level, be done through web-based Instant Messaging clients, like those that are nowadays part of the Yahoomail.com which is described on this blog post. What maters, in the final analysis, is not the way in which the mentorship is carried out, but rather, the content of the mentorship program.