U.S. News & World Report magazine has awarded Greg Mortenson for being one of the best leaders in the U.S.A. 20 people were mentioned as being the best leaders in the country.
The magazine said that Mortenson has promoted peace through his efforts to start schools in the remote parts of Pakistan.
Mortenson was saved by villagers not far from K2. He had failed in his bid to climb the mountain, and had wondered off far from the mountain, not knowing where he was. He noticed that the village children were writing in the dirt with sticks, since they did not have books or schools. He vowed to come back and repay the village with saving his life by starting a school. Since then he has started many schools and written a book on this experience.