lead by the heart

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Source: daily express newspaper

He looks and sounds a little frail. It simply makes his plea all the more emotional. But don’t be led by the heart. Sir David is backed by a consensus of 500 scientists who have reported to the UN that we are facing a “disaster” and that we need action now.

Is the underlined part a common collocation from the point of a native's view? What does it mean?

Thanks!

Jason
 

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Source: Daily Express newspaper

He looks and sounds a little frail. It simply makes his plea all the more emotional. But don’t be led by the heart. Sir David is backed by a consensus of 500 scientists who have reported to the UN that we are facing a “disaster” and that we need action now.

Is the underlined part a common collocation from the point of a native's view? What does it mean?

Thanks!

Jason

It's fine. We say that people are led by the head or led by the heart. People who are led by the head use logic and analytical thinking. People who are led by the heart follow their emotions.
 

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"Led by the heart" isn't a common expression in American English but it's clear what the writer means: to be guided by emotion and intuition rather than logic and intellect.

Note that the past simple and past participle forms of "lead" are led. Native speakers often get this wrong, so don't be surprised when you see it.
 

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What does it mean?

He's frail and it is natural to feel sympathy, but here he's backed up by hard science and data, so your feelings don't really matter.
 
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