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Is your CEO a figurehead?

I recently noticed a trend in many nonprofit organizations.  The Executive Director/CEO travels around the country and speaks at nonprofit conferences. This is good in theory because it promotes the organization but…what is going on back at the office while the CEO is away?  There should be a COO (Chief Operating Officer) or Operations Director with full authority making the tough decisions back at the office.  Unfortunately, this is not always the case and CEOs are expected to be the figurehead for the organization and make tough decisions back in the office.  We need to recognize that nonprofit CEOs cannot do it all and we need competent Chief Operating Officers to have full authority to run the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit and interact with the board of directors while the CEO is traveling the country promoting the organization.