Kim Jong Il followed the footsteps of his father to become a dictator. It is very easy to become a dictator when the citizens of the country have been supressed for so many years and they have learned to worship their leader. Once the idealism of leader worship is in place, it is simple to control the masses. Characteristics of a dictator is control and brainwashing of the citizens. As a dictator you ultimate goal is to create a system of fear so that the citizens will not uprise against the government.