In my book The Decision to Trust there is a chapter on trust in leadership. I suggest that trust among followers comes in part from practices such as "demonstrating capability," "being predictable and having integrity," "aligning stakeholder interests," and "manifesting benevolence." Captain Schettino of the ship Costa Concordia seems to have failed in all of these areas. His flawed maneuver near the coast showed a lack of competence. His unauthorized buzzing of the coast to salute his friend showed a lack of dependability and that he was more self-interested than concerned about his passengers. The final straw was that he apparently abandoned ship and failed to help his passengers escape. The lack of courage and benevolence in this act is stunning. The captain appears to have been a very untrustworthy character. How then does someone get into such an important position where he or she holds peoples' lives in their hands? The answer is that we are often poor at selecting leaders for trustworthiness. This happens in elections too. We are fooled by charisma or bravado and fail to really consider all of the key elements of trustworthiness. Then when our interests are betrayed we lament the failure of trust. It is time that we started making better decisions to trust so that we can withhold it from those agents who do not deserve it and will put us at risk.