Kim Jong II and His Leadership

His ruthlessness, calculating nature, and the unwillingness to compromise with other nations are traits that do not work in North Korea’s favor since they create the impression of a dictatorial state that is not amenable to diplomacy and therefore cooperation with the world comity of nations. Kim Jong’s unpredictability and his mental imbalances also work against the nation because it leads to dangerous actions such as testing nuclear weapons. In order to mitigate these effects, it is necessary for Jong to rely more upon the experienced and balanced advice from senior leaders in his country who are skilled in the art of diplomacy. Jong also needs to tone down his cruelty and unpredictability and introduce some elements of justice and fairness into his Government and leadership of the country. He must be less egotistical and impetuous and look to the interests of his country rather than resorting to vindictiveness when he is not the center of attention.2. This leader’s core values have been shaped by the totalitarian background that his father had created, which has also been the base from which Kim Jong has originated. The indoctrination under his father has produced three core values within him (a) to adhere to the family motto of breaking enemies instead of bending to them, as a result of which Kim Jong tends to adopt a confrontational rather than a conciliatory approach in dealing with perceived enemies (b) strong supporter of the Communist party principles which therefore encourages a dictatorial and dominating approach in dealing with the people of his country. It also suggests that the country is unlikely to employ the capitalist economy under his leadership since the communist agenda is so strongly advocated and enforced in his country. Lastly, Kim Jong also follows the Confucian principles, which state that any moral obligations that are owed to those who have come forward to assist in the time of need must be fulfilled. As a result, North Korea has been prepared to allow some concessions to the United States in return for the favors received from that country when Clinton was the President in the form of humanitarian assistance and condolence s upon the death of his father.